July is dedicated to bring attention to lost pets. Here are some sobering statistics:
Did you know that more pets go missing over the 4th of July than any other time of the year? But the big booms of those fireworks aren’t the only reason that your furbaby may end up missing.
Lost pets instances also increase when a pet is adopted into a new home for the first time. One of the biggest challenges that new adoptive pet owners face is that many times a pet coming into a new household might be intimidated, nervous, and also curious. If they find a way to get out and explore, they will. Make sure your home is escape proof and monitor the pet more closely until they feel safe in their new surroundings. Doing your research and making sure you know the best ways to prevent your pet from getting lost is a big part of being a responsible pet parent.
If you adopt a feline, keep them indoors. That is the safest way to take care of your cat. In addition, be sure to have your feline microchipped. It is not recommended to keep collars on indoor cats, unless they are break-away collars that have been safety tested. However, make sure that you know the most common scenarios of lost cats, as they differ from dogs. All dogs should be microchipped and should have a collar with an external ID tag. We all know that accidents happen: somebody leaves a door or a gate open, and the dog just might run out for whatever reason. We can expedite getting them home if they have a proper ID tag on their collar. But in the event that comes off, the microchip will help get their pet safely home.
Know the facts and of course YAH is here to help! We offer guidance and therapies for animals that exhibit anxiety, and of course we offer and recommend microchipping your pets for identification purposes.